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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That's what (s)he said

I think this is a great article worth reading and discussing.

So, do me a favor.  Go.  Read it.  Stat.  And let me know what you think.  Even if you completely disagree, I want to hear it (via email is fine, too).


Peace and love,
Jenni

2 comments:

Christine said...

Woah, woah, WOAH! That law is terrifying! I suppose I can understand their thought process and the motives behind this, but the execution is absolutely terrible. The issues are with those who take advantage of the system,and pose a threat to others (both immigrants and citizens) not those who are truly coming here for a better life and who are willing to work for it. Ugh, these people seriously have their wires crossed. I pray that this does not pass because it is not an example that the rest of the country needs to be attempting to follow...I mean what's next..internment camps? How about addressing the real issues here law makers?

Kara said...

I've lived in Central Texas for the last 13 years. I moved here from being stationed in California with a 7 week old baby in tow. Being a Washington Girl, my culture shock was like sticking my tongue in a light socket.

My first dose of Anti-Immigrant Bigotry came when I was playing with Pete at a park, enjoying the sunshine. Another mother was there, and we were chatting about our munchkins - both crawlers. Another Mom joined us, started talking with me, ignored my conversation partner, and proceeded to praise Pete's adorableness. The little girl he was cooing with was also ignored.

My conversation partner was of Hispanic extraction. Her daughter was a beautiful little girl with huge, liquid eyes and toffee skin. Her baby was just as precious and precocious as my own blond, blue eyed, chubby cheeked son.

After conversation partner gathered up her kid and went home, the interloper leaned over to me and said something along the lines of "We Real Americans have to stick together."

I was stunned.

I'd been out of the Army less than a year. My brain-space was still in "Defend" mode, and the venom I heard in the interloper's voice made me belligerent. I couldn't think of a way to speak my mind without risking a trip to jail, I was so offended and angry, so I just bit my tongue and took my son home.

Thirteen years later, that conversation still bugs me.

Arizona's proposed law triggers the same response in my gut. I welcome those who wish to make a better life for themselves in this Blessed Country we call home. I would prefer that they come here legally and contribute to the best of their abilities. But, I draw the line at the Gestapo tactics outlined in this bill. There has to be a better, kinder, more compassionate way!!